Using A Timeline For Helping With & Presenting Family Research

I hope everyone’s had a good Christmas, mine was lovely, spent with family and friends. 

Using www.ancestry.com.au for my tree each person has a profile page and there are several tree views as well.  I find this great to use for recording all the data for individuals but I also wanted to be able to see a whole family’s details and movements combined.  I’ve been working on a timeline for one particular family in my tree.  It’s helped me place all the members of the family in their correct places throughout time and it’s highlighted what I don’t know about each of the family members too.   The timeline is of my great, great grandparents John and Catherine Reid nee Burnet and their family.  I’ve uploaded it to Google Docs if anyone wants to have a look at it.  Does anyone else use timelines to help them with their research?

While I was working on this family I found both John and Catherine’s death registrations on Scotland’s People.  Catherine’s parents are listed as William Burnet and Christina Sim.  John’s parents are listed as James Reid and Christina Syme.  I’m wondering if this was a mistake or if these are two different people or the same person.  Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to clear this up.  I haven’t been able to find birth records for either John or Catherine.

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